LOS ANGELES -- The road to spring training is not a highway lined with palm trees.
The real road to spring training is long and lonely and (especially) sweaty.
When you throw baseballs for a living, the road to spring training begins in early November, when spring training still feels as if it's farther away than Uzbekistan.
It's a road lined with thousands of long tosses in an empty ballpark, with billions of crunches and stretches and exercise reps, with hours spent jogging or sprinting ...
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